Manuka Restaurant: Health-Conscious Food in Marbella

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Looking for a great place to eat in Marbella?

Let me introduce you to Manuka restaurant, a local gem I discovered on my recent trip to Marbella.

Manuka Restaurant

If you’re visiting Marbella, you might be overwhelmed by the number of restaurants catering to all sorts of tastes – there are tapas restaurants, Italian restaurants, traditional Spanish ones and everything in between.

It sometimes feels like a victory of quantity over quality, as it’s often the case with popular holiday destinations.

I have a few local favourites when I’m in Marbella, but on this trip, I’m so happy I ventured out and tried this place – it truly delivered on what it promises.

Manuka is based on the concept of locally sourced ingredients, free from additives, chemicals and preservatives, prepared freshly and focused mostly on plant-based cuisine. I know how it could sound – don’t let that put you off – healthy food can be extremely delicious if done well, as it’s the case here.

Let me show you around a bit!

The Location

Just a short walk away from the Marbella Marina, you will see the old Centro Comercial Plaza del Mar. It looks like the place is closed down and the building is completely run down until you spot a little restaurant terrace shaded by the palm trees on the ground floor.

I have passed this place many times and never noticed it as it’s tucked away at a lower ground, with a few chairs on their terrace by the Paseo Maritimo.

Location on the map here:

Manuka has three other locations in Marbella, but this one I think has the best views (not just sea views, but it’s also great for people-watching).

In case if you’re wondering where else to find them, here are the other locations: Centro Comercial La Cañada, Carretera de Ojen SN, second one at Hotel Alanda Boulevard Principe Alfonso Von Hohenlohe, and last one in Puerto Banus at Centro Comercial Marina Banus, Calle Ramón Areces.

Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Gorgeous November weather in Marbella.
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Empty beaches and calm sea.
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
The view of the restaurant from the main road.

The Restaurant

Manuka restaurant is set out in three different areas, the indoors, the lower terrace and the uppper terrace that’s overlooking Paseo Maritimo.

The seats by Paseo Maritimo (coastal pathway) tend to get filled up the first, but I really enjoyed sitting on one of their comfy sofas shaded by the palm trees. The lower terrace is much more peaceful with more seating options available.

We were served very quickly by attentive and friendly staff who spoke very good English (always a bonus in Spain!).

Scroll down for details of the food!

Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Peaceful spot in the shade to enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch.
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
The upper terrace is visible just behind the rails.
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Cold drinks in the sunshine.
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

The Food

The food is really what makes this place stand out from the rest of the restaurants in Marbella.

Focused heavily on plant-based options, but not leaving meat-eaters stranded either, the key to their success is sustainably sourced clean ingredients showcased in simple yet effective dishes.

In addition to the quality of the food, I was also pleasantly surprised by the unique ingredients that so rarely make an appearance on the local menus, like cashew cheese, turmeric, Halloumi cheese, kale chips and probiotic yoghurt.

As the name suggests, the menu offers a feast of healthy dining options and traditional dishes with a healthy twist. You can check their full menu here.

Below is a selection of dishes we tried – we went first for lunch and then returned the next day for breakfast too.

Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Blueberry & Lavender Lemonade (not as sweet as I would have expected, but deliciously refreshing)
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Avocado with sprouts on fresh sourdough bread
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Chicken tacos – somewhat small portion for the main course
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Breakfast bowl with yoghurt, fresh fruits and granola
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Sourdough with butter and jam
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Sampling the menu.
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Kids menu – salmon burgers with rice
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Vegetarian burger with sweet potato fries.
Manuka Restaurant Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain
Freshly made coffee.

Hope you enjoy this virtual tour and that I didn’t make you too hungry!

Manuka is certainly one of the places I will be looking forward to returning to on my next trip, and I hope you pay them a visit too!

Manuka Restaurant Details

Location: Centro Comercial Plaza del Mar, Calle Camilo José Cela SN, 29602, Marbella

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday, 9.30 am to 17.00 pm. Breakfast is served all day.

Parking: they offer 1-hour free parking in the commercial centre with your purchase

Contact: use their contact form here

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Lucia is a founder and travel writer at Viva La Vita. She has been living on Costa del Sol in Southern Spain (Fuengirola) since 2020. She helps travellers plan the perfect trip to Spain thanks to her local insights, practical tips and unique insider perspective complemented by original photography.

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